2 Psychologist Job Opportunities – Handicap International

Organisation: Handicap International
Duty Station: Arua, Uganda
Reports to: MHPSS and Protection Project Manager
Handicap International is an independent and impartial aid and development organisation working in situations of poverty and exclusion, conflict and disaster. We work alongside disabled and vulnerable people to help meet their essential needs, improve their living conditions and promote respect for their dignity and fundamental rights. Handicap International is outraged by the injustice faced by people with disabilities and vulnerable populations, we aspire to a world of solidarity and inclusion, enriched by our differences, where everyone can live in dignity.
Job Summary: The Psychologist will actively participate to the implementation and development of a qualitative, inclusive mental health and psychosocial support strategy. The intervention will be according to the principles of the MHPSS community-based approach and integrated with the response to the basic needs of HI beneficiaries provided by HI and other actors. This will be done through direct support to beneficiaries along with technical support to the HI teams and partners.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:   
  • The Psychologist will actively contribute to the analysis of the mental health and psychosocial issues / needs, sources of distress, coping mechanisms, community-based dynamics and mechanisms, leaderships, representation of the beneficiaries and communities targeted by HI intervention
  • Take part in the identification of barriers to equal access to services, especially MHPSS ones
  • Actively contribute to the development of a referral system, especially regarding the MHPSS-related cases
  • Actively participate in the design and the facilitation of training of HI’s and other organizations’ team on MHPSS activities and approaches, including Psychological First Aid, identification and referral of complex cases, etc.
  • The Psychologist will also contribute to the identification and assessment of Person with Specific Needs and individuals at risk of being victims of violence
  • Provide one to one psychological interventions.
  • Provide training and contribute to capacity building activities. 
  • Ensure internal and external referral and follow up of these referrals of beneficiaries of the MHPSS intervention according to their needs
  • Participate to the conception and development of tailored and inclusive MHPSS Information Education Communication (IEC) material and to ensure its contextualization
  • Actively facilitate with the psychosocial workers to MHPSS awareness raising activities and support the activities of information dissemination run by the protection team
  • Support the protection team in the organization of community-based events and the collaboration with local partners to ensure these activities are in line with the MHPSS needs and issues of the beneficiaries
  • Technically supervise the creation and implementation of psychosocial support group sessions among the communities targeted by HI and facilitate some of them
  • Ensure regular technical review and propose relevant adaptations to ongoing activities and tools to the line manager in order to cope with the challenges faced in the field and the MHPSS needs and issues of the beneficiaries
  • Maintain complete documentation for each activity following the recommendations and template of the MHPSS supervisor
  • Show professional ethics, respect and promote Handicap International mandate at any time, respecting all HI protection policies
  • Participating to the weekly team meetings;
  • Ensure the strict application of the rules;
  • Report any incident in which s/he’s involved/witnessed immediately;
Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The ideal candidates for the Handicap International (HI) Psychologist jobs must possess MHPSS-related degrees (psychologist, psychiatrist, sociologist, social worker, etc.) with experience
  • Professional experience in accompaniment of vulnerable people/refugees or in the humanitarian field, preferably in the field ofvulnerability and/or disability and/or outreach community-based approach
  • Previous experience in social cohesion and/or community mobilization and/or conflict management
  • Prior experience in MHPSS community-based approach is desired
  • Previous exposure and experience in protection is an added advantage
  • Good computer skills with proficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel) and internet
  • Strong sense of neutrality and confidentiality
  • Excellent interpersonal and intercultural skills
  • Open and interested in disability and vulnerability issues
  • High diplomacy, cultural sensitivity and security awareness
  • Ability to work under high pressure and without constant supervision
  • Languages: Spoken and written EnglishProficiency local languages is an asset (Arua)
NB: Local residents from Arua are particularly encouraged to Apply.
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified candidates who wish to join Handicap International are encouraged to send their updated CVs (3 pages max, including three professional references) with cover letters to HR Coordinator at job.uganda@handicap-international-ug.org with the subject:  Application to HI Psychologist. 
Deadline: 17th January 2018
NB: Any efforts to influence the recruitment process will lead to automatic disqualification.

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